As The Music Plays
It is that time of year again. Lists are getting long and commercials seem to be pushing every luxury and contraption you can imagine. I will not lie to you, I do have some of those doodads on my list but as the Christmas season nears, I find myself not only daydreaming about my expected presents but also about the other things that no one could buy me.
As I look back over the last year, I could not quite describe it as happy or sad or prosperous or exciting or painful. It was all of them. I learned so much about myself and what I really want. I also am learning that it is okay for me to want things, both material and otherwise. So as I sit here at my desk, Christmas music playing on Pandora and my little fluffy kitty snuggled on my lap, I will tell you three things I want this Christmas.
This Christmas, I Want…
The first I will share is a material good that it seems will grace everyone’s stockings this year. It is a fitness watch. No it is not the Fitbit, though I checked that one out too. It is the Polar A300 Fitness tracker. After spending a good half hour staring at a row of colorful watches and wristbands and reading about their features, I chose this one mainly because it measures activity, heart rate and calories burned and I tend to do a lot of activity that pedometers will not track. It is also water proof and will measure my activity if I get myself into a pool this winter (however unlikely that will be). I have already asked Santa for it, which, in my family, means that I sent a letter to my favorite aunt and labeled it “For Santa.” Don’t worry, she sends me the same thing.
On to the second thing. It is not something you can buy but it is something I whisper to God every year as I fall asleep. I need snow. It may seem silly, especially for those of you in the south but for me, it is not really Christmas without snow. I need to be able to pull on my boots, mittens and gloves and run out to make a snow angel or a giant snowman. I even have a kit.
I think the reason I must have snow is that I grew up in Minnesota and my twin and I were born only days before Christmas. I think we have only had three birthdays without snow, and they were spent in mourning. But, on the happy occasions that we had snow, our birthdays and holiday gatherings with our friends were spent ice skating, skiing or sledding. You guys can have Christmas in the sand, with palm trees swaying and even wearing red and green flip-flops but give me snow. If you have never experienced it, there is nothing more magical than waking on Christmas morning to a nice cup of gingerbread coffee as you watch snowflakes falling from the window behind your beautifully lit Christmas tree. It is the only frozen thing that will make you feel warm all over.
And my third Christmas wish is something I need to wait for until next year. It is a Christmas with my husband and kitty in our beautifully decorated house. He being from the United Arab Emirates, is not big on Christmas and will be flying back to the warm desert while I make my way home to Minnesota. I knew that this was how the holidays would be this year. Last year, we were in Dubai getting married so our first traditional Christmas together will have to wait. So the dream sits and waits in my imagination. It is such a fragile dream that the picture never really focuses and it feels like too much thought might scare it away. But if there was ever a season for hope, it is this one.
What’s On Your List?
So now, I will leave you to make your own plans as I daydream of my aunt’s glowing warm living room and her short little tree. I will get lost in the memories of watching silly holiday movies with her as she giggles in the background. And I will notice once more how much time changes my appreciation of Christmas. No longer am I all that concerned about the presents under the tree. All I want is to be around those I love that I see too little of and make more glowing, warm memories.
Alexis Ali lives in New York and hold a Master’s degree in Linguistics. She is a freelance writer, sings and has a love for photography. Alexis is our main short-story series writer but her most recent post was “Thanksgiving Traditions We Created.”
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